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Student senate proposes new constitution, adds club coordination council secretary

first_imgStudent senate passed motions proposing a new constitution and creating a secretary position in club coordination council Wednesday.The order proposing the new Constitution of the Undergraduate Student Body will not affect the way senate operates.Sophomore William Huffman, senator for Stanford Hall, asked junior parliamentarian Colin Brankin about how the new constitution will affect the running of senate.“Like actual, practical [changes]?” Brankin said. “Nothing. Not really anything.”The changes in the new constitution have been passed over the course of the year, including a provision to make quorum a consistent 2/3 among all of student government and changes to formatting throughout the constitution.“The problem with the old constitution is that a lot is kind of jumbled up,” Brankin said. “Now … there’s consistency so you can easily read the constitution. And a lot of the archaic language is cleared up to make more sense.”The new constitution passed with one opposition and one abstention.The proxy for O’Neill Hall, freshman Jake Marcionette, was the only vote against its passage. Marcionette was filling in for junior O’Neill senator Sebastian Lopez.Eduardo Luna, sophomore senator from Knott Hall, abstained from the vote.After the order passed, Luna asked for clarification about the function of the “power of the purse” as stated in the constitution.Brankin, senior Judicial Council president Matt Ross and senior student body vice president Sibonay Shewit explained how the budget is allocated.“There’s a section of the Committee on the Budget whose responsibility it is to approve the allocation [of the budget],” Ross said.“Each branch has a representative,” Brankin said. “All the leaders of the organizations are there to approve these budgets. That’s how it’s been, always.”Luna asked if senate has a budget.“Yeah,” Shewit said. “That’s how we pay for Jimmy John’s and apparel.”Luna then yielded his time, saying he was “just keeping you guys in check.”Senior and Club Coordination Council president King Fok presented a proposition to create the position of club coordination council secretary.“Right now there’s no secretary and the controller’s been taking the minutes, but that’s been really difficult,” Fok said. “He’s supposed to be managing all of the clubs’ finances.”The order passed with one opposition and no abstentions.Marcionette was again the only opposition. He said Lopez, O’Neill Hall’s usual senator, did not instruct him to oppose every order.Sophomore Breen-Phillips Hall senator Eve Takazawa announced that there will be a presentation to the student senate by an administrator March 21 regarding the housing policy.“They’re working on a waiver system and they’ve had discussions with the student advisory board so far,” Takazawa said.The senators spent the rest of the meeting in committee time. Student senate meets every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. in the Notre Dame Room of LaFortune Student Center.Tags: Club Coordination Council, Constitution of the Undergraduate Student Body, student senatelast_img read more

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Kars – Tbilisi tenders called

first_imgINTERNATIONAL BIDS for construction of a 287 km rail link between Turkey and Georgia are due on February 19, paving the way for a start of work on the three-year project later this year. The Georgian Railway Department and Turkish State Railways issued matching calls for tenders on November 17, following a meeting of the two transport ministers a week earlier. Originally planned as a build-operate-transfer project, the line is now being offered as a turnkey contract, to be funded by the two governments using external credits. Total cost is put at US$700m, which will be split equally between the two countries. The electrified double-track link will complete a direct route from Turkey to the independent Turkic republics in the CIS, replacing an existing line which runs through Armenia (map). Starting from the TCDD main line at Kars, it will run northeast for 92.5 km to the border and then east for 35 km through Georgia to Akhalkalaki. The existing 160 km single-track branch onwards to Tbilisi will be reconstructed as a double-track main line with easier gradients and smoother curves, and will also be electrified at 25 kV 50Hz. The Turkish portion of the project includes 120 km of secondary tracks at stations, together with associated buildings, two transformer stations and five sub-stations. Signalling and communications links will also be required. The Georgians will provide rolling stock, in the form of 100 locomotives and 8000 wagons and coaches.last_img read more

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Nick Mellen’s skills on defense will help against Cornell’s top attackman

first_imgSyracuse defender Nick Mellen didn’t want to admit that his four-year teammate, Andrew Helmer, was right: That Mellen takes getting beat one-on-one personally.“Andrew knows me pretty well,” Mellen said. “So, I would never come out and just say that, but yeah, that’s pretty accurate.” A week prior, Helmer attributed Mellen’s play to his mindset. He gets angry when an attacker gets behind him. So mad that it doesn’t happen often. “It’s that same ‘kill-or-be-killed’ mindset that I’ve always kind of came up with,” Mellen said. “For me, Helmer hit it right on the head: I do not like getting beat. At anything, for that matter.”Mellen’s parlayed that subtle rage, his “freak” athleticism and immense skill set into a role as No. 11 Syracuse’s (6-3, 1-2 Atlantic Coast) lockdown defender. Every week this season, Mellen has latched onto the opponent’s main ball handler, constricting their space, options and in part, slows down an entire offense. Tuesday night in the Carrier Dome against No. 10 Cornell (7-3, 2-2 Ivy League), the defender head coach John Desko called a “luxury” will hound Jeff Teat, the Big Red’s top threat and help stymie one of the country’s best offenses.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textTeat currently ranks seventh in assists per game (2.89) and ninth in points per game (5.11). A native of Ontario, Canada, the 5-foot-10, 170-pound Teat brings a skillset common of Canadian attackers who grew up playing box lacrosse — the ability to make highlight-reel passes while blanketed by defenders.Desko marveled at Teat’s ability to lead fellow attackers with passes, something rarely seen in lacrosse. He also noted Teat sees the field better than most. Thus, in 41 career games at Cornell, the junior has 130 assists, more than three a game. He tied the record for fastest player to 100 points (18 games). And in the last three games, he’s totaled 20 points — including a five-goal, three-helper outing on Sunday.TJ Shaw | Staff PhotographerDespite historic success, though, Teat’s numbers in three games against Syracuse, and two against Mellen, are below his averages. Though he notches three assists a game against the Orange, Teat’s only scored four goals against SU in his career and just two when defended by Mellen.“Nick has, I think, done fairly well against him in the past,” Desko said. “He’s been able to put the ball on the ground. We’ve shut him off at times with Nick so he can’t get the ball and see what the other five players on offense will do.” Leaving a facilitator as little space as possible, Mellen said, is one of his main focuses in defending against them. Against Teat, specifically, Mellen said he’ll need to “stay on his hands,” trying to keep his stick physically against Teat’s gloves as much as possible. Because Mellen overmatches Teat physically, Cornell will likely set frequent picks to get him free. If Mellen keeps Teat nearby maneuvering around the picks, he can try to dispossess Teat. Mellen, who played Teat into four turnovers in April 2018, can knock the ball free, for a ground ball opportunity or swipe the ball from Teat’s stick, taking possession himself “It’s very difficult,” Helmer said of dispossessing opponents while simultaneously taking possession. “He’s obviously one of the few guys in the country that can probably do that.”Mellen studies all his matchups on film, sneaking in clips outside of team film sessions. During pregame warmups, Mellen takes free moments to wander the middle of the field, observing his mark like a circling hawk. He analyzes them — looking for something he hasn’t seen on film, things that can only be gauged then and there.  “I love watching my opponent in pregame warm-ups,” Mellen said. “Seeing how he’s moving, feeling his body language out.”Susie Teuscher | Digital Design EditorThe mental game is what sets Mellen apart. He knows his opponent and their tendencies, and has practiced them so thoroughly that he can go step-for-step. More than anything, Mellen simply can’t stand losing. When Mellen lets up a goal, he gets “pissed off,” he said. He tries to internalize his anger, barking to teammates and coaches that he won’t allow it to happen twice. “In my head I’m trying to compose all those emotions, but at the same time I’m so frustrated and so heated that I physically and mentally will not let that happen again because I’m that pissed,” Mellen said.Mellen’s squad is 0-2 against Cornell with Teat on the Big Red. Despite slowing the top-tier attacker, Cornell eked out enough offense to down the Orange both times. And the 2019 version of the Big Red has been more potent and multifaceted.Two of Teat’s teammates, John Piatelli and Clarke Petterson, are top-10 in the country in goals per game — they score nearly seven a game combined. Cornell is No. 2 in all of college lacrosse with 25 points per game. But all season, Mellen’s shutout, silenced and stifled opponent’s top options. Army’s Brendan Nichtern, Duke’s Joe Robertson and Hobart’s Chris Aslanian were befuddled by Mellen. So, when Teat and Mellen meet on Tuesday, their matchup might decide more than Mellen’s temperament after the game.“He’s from Canada, he knows those box rules,” Mellen said. “And no matter how tight you’re on him, he’s still good enough to make something happen. “So, you can definitely expect a good matchup.” Comments Published on April 8, 2019 at 12:31 am Contact Andrew: aegraham@syr.edu | @A_E_Graham Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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